Frequently Asked Questions

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About Wonder Voyage

Is Wonder Voyage a tour company?

Wonder Voyage is a non-profit organization that creates personalized pilgrimages and service trips. We do not provide pre-packaged vacations; instead we strive to create voyages that are extraordinary in scope, exceptional in detail, and generous in service, while remaining focused and passionate in our reflection of Christ. We combine exotic locations, distinctive housing, indigenous guides, and regional cuisine to create an unique experience not found with traditional tour companies.

What types of trips are offered?

Wonder Voyage offers pilgrimages, short term missions, adult journey, J2A, adventure and educational trips. Each type of trip comes with a specific itinerary but they all invite participants to step away from day-to-day life. They offer the opportunity to travel to an exciting destination to encounter intriguing cultures and historic sites while experiencing the Holy through nature, worship, and in community.

Why are you a non-profit?

At Wonder Voyage, we are committed to giving back to the places we visit. Many of the expeditions provide the opportunity to serve a local community. Whether boosting local economies, building a school, becoming part of a cultural exchange program or serving those in need, Wonder Voyage seeks to give something of value back. Being a non-profit also allows us to create more personalized trips at a lower cost.

Cost

What is included in the cost of the trip?

The cost of each voyage includes:

  • Unique and safe lodging.
  • All meals, except one free day meal.
  • Flexible, personalized itineraries.
  • An experienced Director who will act as a guide on the voyage.
  • Consultation months in advance with a Director to help prepare for the trip.
  • Daily opportunities to encounter the holy.
  • Cultural immersion experiences on location.
  • At least one high-end adventure or exploration activity.
  • Ground transportation outside of the U.S. and Canada.

What is not included in the cost of the trip?

The cost of each voyage does not include:

  • Airfare.
  • Ground transportation within most of the U.S. and Canada.
  • One free day meal.
  • Laundry.

Pre-Trip

Who will be on my Wonder Voyage trip?

Each trip will consist of your team members, leaders, and your Wonder Voyage Director. It may include a second guide, depending on the size of the group. If you have asked to merge your trip with another group or church, they will join the trip. Most trips consist of students, adults, and sometimes families with small children.

Will I need travel insurance?

We require that each person on an overseas trip purchase travel insurance before departure. We want evacuation and medical insurance to be available in case of an extreme situation. Wonder Voyage has recommendations for affordable and reliable travel insurance.

What will our Director be like?

Wonder Voyage Directors are here to serve and do everything in their power to provide unforgettable experiences while traveling. Each Director assesses your desires and directives for your trip in order to create an exceptional, all-inclusive journey. Imagine, as the leader, being able to enjoy the journey as a participant rather than being burdened with daily details. Directors have dedicated themselves to understanding each destination through extensive research. This gives you the benefit of being an invited guest rather than an intrusive tourist.

What should I bring on my trip?

We suggest you pack appropriately for the location and climate in which you are traveling. Your Director will provide a thorough, location-specific packing list to you before departure.

What happens if the country I choose to go to is in crisis?

If a Wonder Voyage trip is cancelled because a country experiences a national crisis (political, weather related, etc.):

  1. We will attempt to reschedule your trip to a new location during or as close to the same dates as the original trip. If you decline the new location, you can get a refund (according to our policy). If you accept the new location, there will be no increase in cost;
  2. You can cancel your trip and apply all funds paid to another upcoming Wonder Voyage trip within a year of your original trip;
  3. Or you can cancel your trip with a 50% refund (according to our policy).

During-Trip

How healthy and physically active must you be to go on a Wonder Voyage trip?

Each trip will vary in level of physical demand. The Director will inform of what your specific trip will require. There is usually an alternate activity offered to those who may be uncomfortable with a physical challenge. If you require special assistance, you may speak with your Director before the trip and they will do their best to provide modifications.

What will the meals be like?

At Wonder Voyage, we see food as part of the cultural experience. Most of the meals on your trip will reflect the culture of the location. Morning meals can range from continental to a full, hot breakfast. Lunch can range from a brown bag, packed meal to various local fare. Dinners will be presented through our Stone Soup challenge, in which team members cook, or will be provided by a local venue. The final dinner of every Wonder Voyage trip is a culturally immersive Celebration Meal.

What about special dietary restrictions or needs?

Each Director will try their best to provide alternatives for special diets but Wonder Voyage cannot be responsible for people who have food allergies, vegan or vegetarian diets, or those who are extremely particular about what they eat. If you have special dietary needs, you may want to bring substitute food for meals in which no alternatives are provided.

What will accommodations be like?

We try to reflect the local culture in the accommodations we provide. Housing can range from youth hostels to hotels to monasteries. We seek out unique and safe locations with comfortable bedding, a common room for team gatherings, and clean bathroom facilities. Laundry facilities are not available and internet accessibility is not guaranteed.

Who will be on my Wonder Voyage trip?

Each trip will consist of your team members, leaders, and your Wonder Voyage Director. It may include a second guide, depending on the size of the group. If you have asked to merge your trip with another group or church, they will join the trip. Most trips consist of students, adults, and sometimes families with small children.

What will a typical day look like on a Wonder Voyage trip?

The daily schedule will vary greatly depending on the type of voyage, the location, and the weather. Most voyages include meals, excursions or a service project, and time for group reflection. You will be provided with an itinerary for your specific trip before you embark, detailing what you will do each day.

How can I stay in touch with family and friends back home while I am on my trip?

During each voyage, the Director will frequently post pictures and updates on the Wonder Voyage Facebook page. Anyone can follow these updates by ‘LIKING’ the page. Leaders may have access to internet at certain locations. Allowing students to use their phones or the internet will be at the discretion of your team leaders.

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